Leverkusen - Mainz 05

Germany: Bundesliga
Leverkusen L. Alario (14), P. Schick (84)
Mainz 05 R. Glatzel (89), K. Stöger (90)

Svensson says Quaison ruled out for Leverkusen, Mainz's Glatzel "burns for the Bundesliga"

By Peter Vice

In his Thursday press conference, FSV Mainz trainer Bo Svensson confirmed that Robin Quaison would not be available for the coming clash against Bayer Leverkusen and reported that Robert Glatzel might be fit enough for his first Bundesliga start.

Bo Svensson.
Bo Svensson.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Wolfgang Jannach

Bo Svensson reported a "good training week" despite the frigid temperatures in the Pfalz. "Apart from the fact that we all had to don long underwear, there wasn't a problem," the 41-year-old told the assembled media.

The relegation-threatened Rheinhessen face a daunting task with a trip to rejuvenated Leverkusen this week. Ordinarily, the club could draw some energy from carnival at this time of year. Svensson rued the fact that the electric energy wouldn't buttress the team this year.

The big news emanating from the Mainzer camp concerns the fact that the squad's current best attacker, Robion Quaison, would have to sit another round out. The Pfälzer gaffer remained tight-lipped about who would serve in his budding double-false-nine system.

Veteran Adam Szalai's recent return to the attack led Svensson express a great deal of respect for the 33-year-old's leadership qualities. The Danish trainer nevertheless hinted that the club's main transfer target stood ready to make his way into the Nullfünfter starting IX.

"Robert has emphasised in interviews how he burns for the Bundesliga and Mainz," Svensson acknowledged, "One also sees that from him in his daily activities. He makes a good impression in training. He's fit and brings all the qualities we expect of him."

1Lukáš Hradecky ↩46
24Timothy Fosu-Mensah
4Jonathan Tah ↩63
12Edmond Tapsoba
10Kerem Demirbay ↩72
20Charles Aránguiz (C)
27Florian Wirtz
9Leon Bailey ↩72
13Lucas Alario ↩63
19Moussa Diaby
36Niklas Lomb ↪46
14Patrik Schick ↪63
5Sven Bender ↪63
6Aleksandar Dragović
22Daley Sinkgraven
30Jeremie Frimpong
11Nadiem Amiri ↪72
25Exequiel Palacios
28Demarai Gray ↪72
Mainz 05
27Robin Zentner
4Jeremiah St. Juste
16Stefan Bell
19Moussa Niakhate
22Danny da Costa
35Leandro Barreiro ↩83
31Dominik Kohr
23Philipp Mwene
6Danny Latza (C) ↩75
28Ádám Szalai ↩84
21Karim Onisiwo ↩78
37Finn Dahmen
9Robert Glatzel ↪78
29Jonathan Burkardt ↪84
15Luca Kilian
18Daniel Brosinski
42Alexander Hack
5Jean-Paul Boëtius ↪75
8Levin Öztunali
17Kevin Stöger ↪83

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